Old Monarch: Poems

Old Monarch: Poems

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Some people are like monarch butterflies—solitary by nature, on a passionate search for somewhere. Critically acclaimed songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews presents her first poetry collection.

This poetry collection reads like a transformation, me, the narrator, being the figurative Old Monarch. Documenting this journey, the book is separated into three sections, "Sonoran Milkweed," "Longing In Flight," and "Eucalyptus Tree (My Arrival to Rest)."

In the first stage of my journey, I explore my childhood in Arizona, and the naive assumptions of youth. At this stage in my journey, I am impressionable, seeing the world with all its nuances for the first time. Through the landscape of the Sonoran Desert, I explore some dark family dynamics and what a child sees. Several characters turn up in the early poems including my cowboy grandpa, and the single mother who raised me, despite many forthcomings. The early poems also explore my desire to see a brighter world of possibility beyond the dusty desert island, and see humans more clearly within the confounds of discovery.

In the second stage, I have left home. I am falling in love for the first time, as I become a young woman.

Finally, the last stage is the old monarch's arrival to the garden. There are a lot of metaphysical and philosophical poems in this section. I arrive at the figurative garden, and I finally understand the journey at the edge of my life. There are a lot of poems in the context of a garden here, accepting mortality and the ever-changing world. These are meant to be wise old woman poems.
 

Title:Old Monarch: Poems
ISBN:9781524865627
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    Old Monarch: Poems Reviews

  • Mary ?

    5/5 starsTWs: Grief, suicide mention, slight negative self image*Audiobook kindly provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*This was insanely good. The audiobook is narrated by the author...

  • Brianna

    I enjoyed this poetry collection. I felt like I could grasp a narrative running through it, and I appreciated the visuals and song-like quality of the poems. My favorites were: The Houses We Build, Sa...

  • Lauralai

    Here are my favourites: The Silver Lining of Suffering Human Imagination If I Were a Painter Morning Meditation Modern Nostradamus ...

  • Alisa

    I went into this knowing that Courtney Marie Andrews is a singer. But imagine my surprise when I go to google her and find out that she is a back vocalist in one of my all-time favorite songs, Invente...

  • SassyBooks

    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.' 2/5This is Andrews' first poetry collection. I couldn't really connect it, but I know with poetry t...

  • Dominika

    Thank you loads to Net Galley for an ARC of CM Andrews' Old Monarch in exchange of an honest review!Getting into this one was so so easy. I put my headphones on and suddenly I was transported into a w...

  • Lee

    I loved this collection. These poems were lush and evocative. They were deeply personal, but I found myself feeling nostalgic for things I had never experienced.It is evident that so much thought and ...

  • Alison

    This book got me back into poetry! It was so beautifully written and hearing the author read her own poetry really brought me into her poetry more. Her storytelling in her poetry was absolutely flawle...

  • Kayley ?????

    4/5 stars: Old Monarch is a collection of poetry broken up into three sections: Sonoran Milkweed, Longing in Flight, and Eucalyptus Tree (My Arrival to Rest). I really enjoyed these poems and the brig...

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